4 Tips for Making the Most Out of Nap Time [Part II]
Last time, we talked about the first two ways to make the most out of nap time. Now, we’re going to cover the final two.
3. Focus on the small tasks.
Something I do these days that seems to work well is taking the last tip to the next level by focusing on small tasks. First, I split that to-do list we made into things I can do only when Roman is asleep vs. things I can do while he’s awake.
Then, I choose items from the asleep pile that take 15 minutes or less. I start going down the list, checking off as many items as possible.
The reason being: I feel far more productive getting a few small tasks done (like cleaning), rather than trying to get into something like a big work project. That way, once I get disrupted (baby’s awake!), I got a few things complete. If I choose a two hour task, there’s no telling if I’m going to get a full two hours to finish it. If I’m interrupted mid-task, it’s incredibly difficult for me to get back in the zone again.
4. Be honest with yourself.
As a stay at home working mom, I have tried and tried to work during nap times. The simple truth? It just doesn’t work for me.
It took a long time for me to get honest with myself about that. By the time I get started and into something, Roman typically either wakes up or my attention is distracted by something else. Instead, I typically work after my son has gone to bed. He’s a great sleeper at night, so after he goes down at 7pm, I know I’ll have (generally) uninterrupted time to work for a few hours before I hit the sheets myself.
There are certain times where I can focus – or Roman has a really solid nap – where I can get work done during a nap time. I take those moments as a great win, but I don’t count on them anymore.
What I will do, however, is take meetings during nap times. Since Roman’s on a schedule, I know I can trust certain times of day will work for naps. If he wakes up early, I just roll with it; and my clients are all very understanding.
So be honest with yourself: what does and doesn’t work for you during nap times? If you’re pushing to do a certain task and it just isn’t working, do it during another time – maybe when baby is awake, your partner or someone else is home to help, or after bedtime.
How do you handle nap time? Tell us about your tips and tricks below!